PCs In-Use Surpassed 820M in 2004
PCs In-Use Will Top 1B in 2007

March 9 , 2005The worldwide number of PCs in-use surpassed 820 million in 2004 and is projected to top 1 billion in 2007. PCs in-use growth is slowing as the industrialized world is approaching the top of the S-curve. Strong PC growth will continue in the developing countries for another decade. The U.S. has a large lead with over 220M PCs in-use—over 3X the number in Japan. The U.S. accounts for over 27% of all PCs in-use compared to 4.6% of worldwide population.  PC usage is growing rapidly in China, which is expected to surpass Japan in 2007. PC usage is also growing strongly in many populous countries such as Brazil, India and Russia.

Top 15 Countries In PCs In-Use
 Year-end 2004
PCs In-Use (#M)
Share %
1. U.S.

223.81

27.22
2. Japan 69.20 8.42
3. China 52.99 6.45
4. Germany 46.30 5.63
5. UK 35.89 4.37
6. France 29.41 3.58
7. South Korea 26.20 3.19
8. Italy 22.65 2.75
9. Canada 22.39 2.72
10. Brazil 19.35 2.35
11. Russia 19.01 2.31
12. Australia 13.72 1.67
13. India 13.03 1.58
14. Mexico 11.21 1.36
15. Netherlands 11.11 1.35
Top 15 Total 616.27 74.96
Worldwide Total 822.15 100.0

 

“Notebook PCs are growing rapidly and now account for 24% of total PCs in-use and nearly 27% in the U.S.”, says Dr. Egil Juliussen, the author of the report. PCs per capita in the U.S. have surpassed 76% and will remain higher than cell phones for a few more years.

More information is available in “Computers In-Use by Country”, a market research report by Computer Industry Almanac. The report estimates and forecasts the number of PCs in-use for 57 countries and the six main regions of the world for 1990 through 2010. The report also has estimates of notebook PCs in-use by country.

Computer Industry Almanac publishes market research reports for the PC, PDA, information appliances and Internet industries. For more information see Market Research Reports.

 
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